Our Stay & Play sessions are held weekly with the aim of bridging the gap between parent and child play relations. The classes are delivered by a trained volunteer who engages with both children and parents on how to best support child development through various “play” strategies.
As a Stay & Play Volunteer you will support the session lead with running the weekly class. This involves engaging with parents, keeping them up to date on how the classes are going and build a good relationship with the children. This post will allow you to gain valuable experience in childcare which will boost your employability and skillset.
To support staff in making the Play session a welcoming, fun and safe place where children can play and learn in a supportive environment
To assist in setting up and clearing away the session
To bring energy and enthusiasm to the session
To build good relationships with parents and their toddlers
To supervise the space, ensuring equipment is used properly and is safe for children to play with
Helping to create and lead exciting activities in arts and crafts, games, creative play and more
To report and accidents, incidents or any concerns you have about children to Playtime Club staff
To fulfil and other duties considered reasonable as directed by staff
Clean equipment in line with COVID-19 requirements
If the volunteer would like to gain further experience, we would welcome a 30min session from the Volunteer such as Story-telling, running an activity e.g. playdough, arts & crafts.
We are looking for charismatic, energetic and friendly individuals.
You will have excellent listening skills, great patience and the ability to empathise.
As you will build relationships with children it is very important that you are reliable and consistent so the children feel comfortable with you.
You should possess good observational skills and always be aware of what the children are doing.
You should have great communication skills and the ability to create a safe and open environment where children feel heard.
All volunteers will be required to complete an application form, attend an informal interview and supply two satisfactory character references.
What we can offer:
A full induction, followed by the right training and ongoing support
The opportunity to gain experience within childcare
A named supervisor who will give you regular feedback, allowing you to track your progress and work towards meeting your particular goals
Priority for any further training we have on offer
‘Out of pocket’ travel and food expenses with proof of receipt
An honest reference regardless of how long you are with us
A supportive space to be in and a safe, artistic environment without discrimination
Invitations to volunteer social events
Access to other volunteering opportunities
Volunteer For This Role
Communications Support Volunteer
Originally from Spain, Tisma is pursuing a master's degree in Environment and Development at King's College London whilst assisting Poplar HARCA's community centres with creating and building awareness and engagement through social media.